For many of us, next year’s biggest auto event isn’t an arrival, it’s an exit.
Ford will stop making the Fiesta and they won’t replace it.
The manufacturer has realized that there is no money to be made in the cut-throat hatchback market, so it is turning its back on huge crowds of loyal buyers.
Instead, cars are becoming more expensive – even if they are sold in smaller numbers.
The first of these, to be launched in mid-2023, is a rugged-looking electric SUV called the Explorer Sport, which will start at around £45,000.
Ford made a deal with Volkswagen and the Explorer Sport is actually based on the VW ID 4 crossover, but it will look very different.
Ford is also good at making vans, so Britain’s best-selling vehicle is up for renewal for much of this year and the backbone of so many companies.
The Transit Custom comes with diesel and pure electric drive.
Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted: “There is so much to look forward to in 2023. We look forward to accelerating our electrification plans in Europe.”
“In 2023 Vauxhall will be celebrating its 120th anniversary, but there is no all-new car.
“Nevertheless, the Astra will have an additional all-electric version.
“They also liven up the GSe badge for sportier plug-in hybrid versions.
“And the Corsa has a major facelift with the ‘Visor’ front end and a big-screen dashboard.
While Ford’s electric family car resembles an angular off-roader, Cupras has a sporty silhouette.
It will be called the Tavascan, but like the Ford, it reuses the mechanical and electrical parts of the VW ID 4.
Meanwhile, Renault’s electric crossover is a spacious and versatile family car, reviving the Scenic name.
Again, we’ve seen bits of it before – the electrical systems and front end of the body come from this year’s handsome new Megane.
The small Hyundai Kona crossover enters its second generation with petrol and hybrid in spring and electric in summer.
Honda will have a crossover of about the same size, but only electric.
This was anticipated by the e:NY1 concept.
At the end of the year a new generation of the Mini Countryman will appear.
It will noticeably increase in size and will have both petrol and all-electric options.
Do you need a seven-seat crossover? The popular Skoda Kodiaq will get a complete makeover at the end of the year.
In addition to petrol and diesel, there will also be a tax-friendly plug-in hybrid.
If you want seven seats and an electric drive, you don’t currently have a lot of choice. But that will change in 2023.
Brand new for fall is the huge yet affordable Kia EV9.
Mercedes has a big, posh, five-seat electric SUV – the EQE SUV – that rivals the sleek-looking Polestar 3.
Also all-electric, Jeep will have a chunky-looking but super-compact SUV called the Avenger.
But crossovers and SUVs aren’t the best for maximum electric range because their height creates drag.
Traditional limousines and station wagons have an advantage here.
If that’s what you want, then the dramatic, curvy electric car
Hyundai Ionic 6 will be launched earlier this year.
It uses the same fast charging and efficient electrical system as the popular Ioniq 5.
And by the end of 2023, VW has a competitor for the Ioniq 6 that will be called the ID 7.
It is another based on the ID 4 chassis and electric drive.
More expensive limousines are also replaced. The new BMW 5 Series will have the usual petrol, diesel and PHEV versions – but also an all-electric version that looks similar but is badged i5.
And the rival Audi A6 has replacements, with petrol and diesel.
There will also be an electric A6 e-tron – but in a different strategy than BMW, it’s actually a very different car than the one with a motor.
The A6 e-tron was unveiled from a concept car, and Audi claims the finished item will be super aerodynamic, for an electric range of up to 435 miles.
If you want to have fun in an electric car, how about the first electric hot hatch, the little Abarth 500e?
Another BMW is a huge crossover, the XM, a plug-in hybrid where the engine component is a muscular twin-turbo V8.
You can order it now if you can muster the required £145,885.
From there it gets more expensive.
What will surely be the fastest crossover in the world comes from Ferrari, the V12 Purosange with 300 km/h. It starts at (deep breath) £313,120.
Rolls-Royce is launching another £300,000 car, the gorgeous Spectre.
This is a huge, four-seat coupe powered by electricity. So it will be the quietest Rolls ever.
Craziest and craziest of all, 2023 sees a replacement for the Lamborghini Aventador.
This time, its V12 engine is further boosted with hybrid support.
Get behind the wheel and it will surely be a happy new year for you.
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